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Christmas day

Christmas is just around the corner and we are so ready to relax and unwind. We are planning on doing nothing but eating Pringles, turkey sambos and chocolate Santa's for the foreseeable future.

One of the best things about Christmas is being able to lounge around in your pyjamas and watch movies all day. It is honestly all we want to do this year.

We’ve conjured up a list of the best movies on over the holidays and you just can’t miss these classic flicks this year.

Christmas Eve: There are many timeless classics on December 24 that will make for the perfect festive movie night for you and the gang.

RTÉ Two, 12:25 pm- E.T

RTÉ One, 3:35 pm- Miracle on 34th Street

BBC One, 5 pm- Mary Poppins

Virgin Media 3, 8:15 pm- Dirty Dancing

Christmas Day: For those of you taking it easy and staying home on Christmas Day, you’re in for a real treat. Some of the all time greatest Christmas movies will be on December 25 and they’re bound to make your day feel extra magical.

RTÉ One, 8:20 am- Enchanted

RTÉ Two, 10:25 am- Finding Nemo

RTÉ One, 2: 55 pm- Home Alone

Virgin Media One, 4:05 pm- The Wizard of Oz

RTÉ One, 4.30 pm- The Jungle Book

RTÉ One, 6: 35 pm- Arthur Christmas

Sky One, 6: 45 pm- The Greatest Showman

E4, 9:15 pm- The Devil Wears Prada

Virgin Media One, 9:15 pm- Bridget Jones’s Diary

RTÉ One, 11:10 pm- Love Actually

St. Stephen’s’ Day:

A day of turkey sandwiches, napping and chocolate. Unwind with these brilliant films all from the comfort of your sofa.

BBC Two, 2:30 pm- Saving Mr Banks

RTÉ One, 3:55 pm- Cinderella

RTÉ One, 6: 25 pm- Zootropolis

Virgin Media One, 9 pm- The Commitments

December 30:

RTÉ Two, 1:25 pm- 13 Going on 30

BBC One, 2:25 pm- Cinderella

Channel 4, 5: 40 pm- Paddington

New Year’s Eve:

If you’re not in the mood to go out on the town and simply want to ring in the new year at home then there are plenty of movies on to keep you entertained.

RTÉ One, 9:40 am- Annie

BBC One, 4:15pm- Maleficent

ITV 2, 6:40 pm- New Year’s Eve

ITV 2, 9pm- Bridesmaids



Christmas is all about family time… and family time is all about stress, right?

While you spent weeks looking forward to some much-needed time off work and college, and daydreamed about the sheer amount of food and drink you would get to consume in the family home,  you also forgot how annoying your family can be, didn't you?

They mightn't intend to wind you up (well, not all the time anyway), but that doesn't mean they're not pretty damn good at it.

And here, ladies, are just ten things your family did to stress you out this Christmas.

1. Your mam forgot at least one component of Christmas dinner, despite the fact you reminded her at least three times.

"If Siobhan had asked for potato croquettes, you wouldn't have forgotten to buy them."

2. Your sibling got a better haul than you on Christmas morning.

"She earns more than all of us! Why did she get MAC brushes AND a Fitbit?!"

3. Your contribution to dinner prep reminded you of your Home Ec practical for the Leaving.

"Who in the name of Jaysus taught you to cut carrots like that? Give me that knife."

4. Your dad told you your hangover was self-inflicted (which it obviously wasn't because how were to know Mahons would have a lock-in?)

"Look at the cut of ya. Anyone with an ounce of sense would have drawn a line by midnight."

5. Your sibling laughed at the truly unique present you got a family member.

"Yeah 'cos after a year working hard, all Dad wants for Christmas is to provide a family he doesn't know with a goat."

6. Your mam threw a fit because you weren't helping, then threw a fit because you were helping.

"Get out from under my feet unless you can do it right. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, you'll have me in an early grave."

7. Your mam made you knock next door to the neighbours with their present despite the fact you've only met them twice in the last two years.

"Ah, I'm grand and how are you…eh… Dennis? Donal, I mean Donal!"

8. Your sibling hogged the best seat in the living room and you had to sit beside the dog basket.

"The arse of my dress is covered in dog drool."

9. Your mam tried to break with tradition and suggested presents would be done after mass from now on.

"If I'm not allowed open all my presents in the next ten minutes, I'll get the first train out of here."

10. Your sibling got the blow-up mattress, and you were left sleeping on a makeshift bed in your parents' room… again.

"Tell Dad if he keeps snoring, I'll call the police."




Today is a big day, and most of us will be decked out in our Sunday (Tuesday) best.

It feels amazing to have a gorgeous fresh face of makeup on Christmas day, without looking totally over done.

Whether it's lunch with your partner's family or Mass you'll be heading to – we have the perfect lewks. 

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You need a look that will get you to mass, your granny's house and everything in between.

Here are five makeup looks that we think are absolutely perfect for Christmas day…

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1. Subtle smokey eye

We are loving this gorgeous makeup look by MUA Aimee Connolly. A subtle smokey eye is perfect for Christmas day, leaving you with a warm glow, yet still appearing understated.

2. Statement lip

Nothing says Christmas quite like a statement red lip, like this one from Joanne Larby.

Pair a popping red lip with just a simple lick of eyeliner, and you are ready to jingle-bell ROCK.


Happy Christmas Eve

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3. Pretty in pink

We LOVE pink eyeshadow so much, because it is so pretty, yet quite edgy.

Rather than going all out with a harsh smokey eye, why not try a touch of pink, for a softer, daytime look.


#pinkeyes #makeupbyme #mac #myartistcommunity #motd #motn #makeupaddict #macmua #macmakeup

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4. Gold member

We are loving this festive, gold makeup look!

Stick to a relatively neutral lip colour, and go all out with beautiful metallic eyeshadow. Santa will love it!

5. Glitter liner

Keep your makeup simple and natural, then add a gorgeous hint of sparkle.

We are so in love with glitter eyeliner, and we think it makes for the most perfect Christmas look of all! HO HO HO.


#makeup #glittermakeup #glitterliner #xmasmakeup #nyxcosmeticssk

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Be sure to tag us in your Christmas Day makeup looks on Instagram @shemazing.ie



Ah, Christmas Day – one of over indulgence, celebration and snoozing. 

While pyjamas might be what you want to wear all day, it's nice to dress up a little, throw on a dress and some tights (slippers optional) and look presentable for dinner.

The criteria for the perfect Christmas day dress? 

Well primarily, iot must allow for the eating of substantial quantities of food, it must have the ability o be dressed up or down for Mass-to-pub easiness, and it it has got tpo be comfy and cosy. 

Monki Flannel Dress €30.00, Zara Snakeskin slip €39.95

New Look Long Sleeve Smock Dress €22.99, Topshop Knot Dress €46.00

 Penneys striped midi dress €22.00, Wine Smock Dress €24.89

Petite mini dress with pleated skirt and belt €41.48, 

ASOS DESIGN ultimate slinky t-shirt dress in leopard print €30.40, ASOS DESIGN long sleeve smock dress €30.42



Hopes for a white Christmas as quickly turning to dust after Met Éireann issued two weather warnings just hours before the big day. 

A Status Yellow wind warning is in place for counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo today, with strong gusts expected up until 8pm this evening. 

A rainfall warning has also been issued for Connacht, Donegal and Clare where 25mm to 35mm is expected to fall up until 7am tomorrow morning. 

Heavy rain will bring some local spot flooding to Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo. 

The Status Yellow warning is in force from 9am this morning to 9am on Christmas morning.

In Munster and Leinster, persistent and heavy rain has been forecast for tomorrow in another Status Yellow warning in force between 4am and 8pm on Christmas day.

Another typical Irish Christmas it is…  


If you feel like you have turkey coming out of your eyeballs today (yup, us too) you mightn't feel like sitting down to another roast dinner with all the trimmings feed-fest. 

Still, if there's a load of good meat left over from yesterday, you don't want to be chucking it out either. 

So here are five delicious recipes that prove you CAN make scrumptious meals from roast turkey. 


1. Turkey Club: Loaded with pecans, mustard, and cheese, this is just the thing to hit the spot on Stephen's Day. Alternatively – try an avocado, turkey and bacon bagel.

2. Loaded with veg – Jamie Oliver's turkey con chilli definitely doesn't feel like leftovers. Complete with home-made guac, this will be devoured!

3. Roast potato, stuffing, sausage, and turkey pie: if there are any sore heads or delicate souls that need a great dish to pick them up today – this is it. A great recipe to use up stuffing, potato, and gravy too. 

4. If you don't have a load of turkey meat left, but still don't want to see what you do have wasted, turkey noodle soup is ideal for using up the remaining slivers. Warming and nourishing too.

5. Turkey curry on Stephen's Day has a bad rep – but this Thai twist on the old cliche is fabulous. 




Mass on Christmas Day can be a stressful time. Here are the things that happen every year:

1. Your dad will try to make you leave 30 minutes early for the five minute walk to the church

2. You sit there and listen to the rosary for what feels like a lifetime

3. You forget all of the times you are supposed to sit, stand and kneel

4. You forget all of the prayers and use the old women sitting in front of you who are five lines ahead as a guide

5. You’ll trip on the way/way back from Communion

6. You don’t put your hands out on time and the Holy Communion is shoved in your mouth

7. Your mom will catch you on Twitter #boredinmass

8. You begin a totally in-your-head feud with the girl across the altar. She totally just dissed your new dress with her eyes – she’s going down

9. You forget said feud once you realise that guy you eyed up on the way in is the dribbly kid you went to primary school with. My, my, what a few years can do…

10. You realise going for that one (five) drinks with your bestie in the local was a mistake as you now REALLY need to pee and he is still nowhere near final blessing

11. You hear those magical words “mass is now over thanks be to God go now in peace to love and serve the Lord" and leg it back to the pub



Asa much as we love our family, sometimes Christmas Day can become a little overwhelming. Here are some things that might help you get through it to Stephen’s Day when you can hopefully emerge unscathed.

Chocolate releases endorphins, making you feel happy. Stack up on Roses, selection boxes and Chocolate Kimberley to keep your good mood up even when your brother keeps hitting you with his new pellet gun.

Trying to watch TV with your nan is literally impossible. Make sure you don’t miss any of the good bits as she tells you all about Paddy’s daughter Sheila who’s rolling in the dough over in Dubai by ensuring your remote has fresh batteries. This way you can record and pause anything you need. Yay for technology!

Back-up food
There’s a chance your mom might forget to put the turkey in the oven (again) and get dirty looks off your granny all day (again) so why not help the woman out and grab a roast chicken the day before just in case.

Double layered biscuit tins ONLY
Are you trying to cause a riot? On that note, move all of the biscuit tins that have been retired to sewing kits out of sight to avoid that horrible sinking feeling.

Christmas movies
Have a stack of Christmas movies ready and waiting to start the exciting day ahead. Unless you want to be stuck watching Puss In Boots.

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